Monday, December 22, 2008

Last post of 2008

Quinn received the Priesthood, so it was a great opportunity for us to get together for our annual "Hatch Cousin Exchange".

The three angels.

Faces of happiness and hugs that always happen at the exchange.

The fertility Goddess came back, along with the Christmas bra.

Which was then used for our enjoyment as Grandpa Hatch was snoozing.

Alex just got his call to Missouri! Kayla is loosing another best friend. They do hot chocolate every night about midnight.

Kayla making fun of Alex's perfect smile.

Tess always knows how to match. She totally coordinates.

We've also been getting lots of moisture - umbrellas have to be tops on Tessa play toys.

Tessas Preschool party

One day I kept Mckenna home from school so she could help me put up Christmas decorations (I let Shayna the next day, Breea has finals) We had a fun day of wrapping and setting up decorations. New tradition!

This village is not off limits to kids, so it looks different every day, and many heads and arms are hot glued on, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I remember, as a kid, wanting to play with the villages at my moms and grandmas.

Another favorite for me is getting my mail every day and seeing every ones family picture. WARNING: I leave them up a couple of months.

I did find other ways to display them so that my walls and fridge are not as cluttered.

Saturday night was the annual "Box" party. We went to the traditional "Oregano's" for PP salad, pasta and pesto pizza! Notice the seating arrangement. Us girls decide where everyone sits, what we eat and pretty much everything (because we all have amazingly wonderful husbands who let us:-)

Every year we do an ornament exchange (to keep costs down)

I loved seeing my ornament from last year on Aprils tree. Everyone need a Christmas egg?

These are this years ornaments

Next was the White Elephant (once again, the Christmas bra.)

The conversation with this group is always interesting. Glad Rod let us know at the end of his story that "it wrecked em". Good stuff.
Merry Christmas, my wonderful blogging friends. I love you all!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Everyone is excited, except Brennon.

Kristal took some picture of us Sunday. She snapped for about 10 minutes all together and we are so happy with how our cards turned out. Thanks, my sweet sister.

If you didnt get a card last year, email me with your address so I can put you on the list. If your reading this, your a friend:-)

So What! (Venting from the singing mom)

On my way home from bunco last night, I must have dialed home without realizing it. Well, Christmas music is kind-of my favorite, so I was really belting out the songs on my way home. I walk in the door and all my children are laughing at me. I think they're just jealous of my amazing vocal talents and knowledge of the Christmas music. My girls always tease me about singing every song I can, as loudly as I can, in the car, kitchen, movie theatre, church, ballgames and just about anywhere. Im not gonna let it bug me, cause I really believe even with my lack of talent, that is where my girls gained the love of music. They really have no choice - Im not gonna stop singing, so deal with it, daughters:-)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Since Ive been such a slothful blogger, Kayla helped with this great post.

Goal: One more blog before Christmas - ARG - I stink!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Projects, Thanksgiving, Weddings, Crashes and Birthdays

This year we went to Dani's for TG because we were getting ready for a reception at our house. She did a great job setting the table for 12 people.

Grandma Guttery was the Head Chief and Danica and I filled in the gaps. Notice the ever popular texas sheet cake under glass to be adored while eating the main course.

Nice job on the flower arrangement,Danica.

McKennas thanksgiving Rap she made up.

Everyone needs a good game of Monopoly on TG.

Me doing my best impersonation of "The Elaine Dance"

Enlarge this picture and check out Tessas face.

Danica got to do a little skyping with her Fish family. They even played checkers online.

Another look at mine and Dani's attempts at Holiday crafts.

Instead of playing a mean game of cards, we opted for the more gentle tradition of decorating the Christmas tree.

Friday we spent the day Getting ready for Shawn and Aftons reception.

There were a few mishaps throughout the night. Some stray dog showed up for the festivities and Kayla snagged him and we tied him to the front tree to be claimed. We also blew a few circuits with all the lights and roasters plugged into one wall, the pool lights werent working, a scorpion almost got one of the kitchen workers and Bill ended up doing the parking. But all in all, it was a nice night and the food was AMAZING.

Saturday, Tessa took a spill while grass boarding. Lots of blood, but luckily nothing serious. The sweet driver of the quad made these cookies and a sorry note - it seriously wasnt her fault - just a random accident.

That night I lead the Childrens Choir for the Stake Christmas Concert. It was a little scary, but the concert was so beautiful. Breea and Sidney sang a duet and Kayla was part of this quartet.

During all this, Breea had her 15th b-day. Mason and Codey are two of her best buddies and stopped by to pick her up for a b-day pizza lunch that Mikie planned for her. I love her friends.

Sunday night, after the Christmas Concert a few more friends stopped by for treats. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY BREEA

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Some of the haps this last week

We'll start with Kayla - She had a birthday! We went to Oreganos and I bought her this adorable dress without any help - I think she was a little shocked.

The cake below came from the Bischofs and it looked amazing when they brought it, but Tessa decided to take her piece early and from what ever spot she chose.

Breea has been super tired lately because of track. She comes home and whines that shes tired, dying, hungry or she's gonna throw up. Joy. She got first place last week in long jump and has another meet today. It does help to have two of her best buds, Lauren and Dexie to whine with.

Breea also got to spend the day at the Zoo with one of her best friends since 3rd grade, Ali. Im always happy when they get time together.

Saturday was also one of my favorite friends, Becky, birthday. Ive wanted to write about her for a while and have never got a picture. She's georgous, but camera shy. She brightens my day and keeps me exersizing too. Next to her is another great friend Michelle who helps me raise my kids, takes care of me and will someday be right next door.

Shayna had a concert that was the best. We are so lucky at CTA to have the MOST amazing choir director. In my 15 years of school concerts, this one was the best!

McKenna came along and got to set with her two favorite friends, Rehgan and Maddie.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


I have too much to be grateful for

Bills job


Hair color in a bottle


The hope that Brodey will grow up some day

Lower gas prices



Good Sleep

Healthy body

Great house

Green grass


Soft ice

Good examples

Chick flicks

Pumpkin pie

Soft Brushes

Walking buddies

Canned whip cream


Dollar reading glasses

and so much more...


Im so grateful for my testimony of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father and the Bible and Book of Mormon.

As I think of my life and all I have to be grateful for, I know my life would mean very little without knowing who I am and what Heavenly Father sees in me. Im grateful to be able to read (and for the most part, understand) the words of the scriptures. Im grateful the gospel is so simple and perfect. Im grateful for unconditional love from a Heavenly Father and a listening ear. Lastly, Im grateful for Jesus Christ for his sacrifice for me so that I can change and be better. I just need to REMEMBER (my favorite word).

Monday, November 24, 2008


Im grateful for great parents.

My parents are the best! I have a rough time thinking of anything negative when I think of my childhood. I worry my kids are gonna remember all the bad and none of the good - thats why I try to have alot of parties and chick flick time. I wish they lived closer to me and my family, but I am grateful we do try to get together alot. My mom is an example to me of how to take care of a new mother. She was great "new mom" caregiver. My dad always takes care of the honey do list when he stays at my house. So I can be guaranteed that twice a year a couple of things will get fixed around here. I appreciate that so much, even though he "rigs" it. (family, you know what I mean)

Like Ruth, I am blessed to have a righteous example for a mother in law. She is always serving and would do anything to make me and my family happy. That is where Bill gets it from, well, her and her sweet husband Willard.

I asked Brennon to call us mom and dad because I regret not calling them Mom and Dad earlier and now it just comes out "Grandma and Grandpa" when I really do feel a love for them like they are my second mom and dad. They have always made me feel like I fit right in the family, even when I am laying around on the couch and they are all doing project. I love them and am grateful to have them in my life.


  • 4/12 Shayna - I said "I really want to buy that table but I dont know where I would put it" (been buying used furniture that I want to redo and its been cluttering up the garage. Shayna said in her sweet inocent voice "you can put it in the garage?"
  • 4/12 - Tessa "Mom, you know what I dont like about mornings? - the sun!"
  • 4/12 - Shayna got her braces a couple of weeks ago and her teeth are starting to go together and she said "Im gonna miss my gap" and she was seriously sad - she wont get to squirt water through her teeth.
  • 3/12 Breea again..... "Mom, I thought it was Lack toesintolerant and I was lacking the toesintolerant, until I read the label"
  • 3/12 Breea was talking about college and she said "In my siriculum (curriculum), I have to take physicology (psychology)"
  • 3/12 - Tessa said - I want to take the "long cut" (instead of the short cut)
  • 3/12 When tucking Shayna and Tessa in Shayna said "You dont have to worry, I set out all your clothes for school tomorrow" - Very Shayna
  • 11/10 When Kayla was little she should always cover her eyes when we went by a graveyard.
  • 4/10 Dont want to forget that Shayna calls the pools water fall a waderfoddle. She also called Aunt Kay, Uncle Kay??? McKenna got grandpa mixed up when she was little and called him "Bunka"
  • 3/10 For some reason, our family forgets the rules to Mexican rummy, shang hi and ALOT of card games, so last Sunday we just delt cards and everyone played whatever rule they wanted. The game lasted about 4 minutes, but we all won!
  • 2/10 I was going to work in Tessas class and she said "Mom, what if you mess up" and I told her I would try not to, but the next thing I know she is asking me if I will pray with her and ask Heavenly Father to help me not mess up. She prayed, and I didnt mess up! (all papers were copied a colated correctly)
  • 3/10 McKenna saying what she liked about Brennon on his Birthday "I like your style and your swager"
  • 12/09 Tessa went to the girls play and said "Willy wonka is hot"
  • 12/09 Kayla has a slight ring worm problem and if you try to hug her she says "OK, but your gonna get all wormy"
  • 12/09 Tessa has been adding Sophia in every prayer including the blessing and this is what she says "Please bless that Sophia will feel better in no time" and her blessing tonight was "Please bless that none of the kids singing on the truck will fall out" - Shes a great prayer
  • 12/09 Tessa said "Mom, I think Im on Santas Bad list" I said "probably not, why are you worried about it?" Tessa "I really dont like coal"
  • 02/09 I asked McKenna if she had taken a shower and she said "I took one, but it didnt work"
  • 11/08 Shayna said "I wish we could have quads like the Poulsens and Jensens, but were too unrich"
  • 10/08 I was bringing Breea home from school and she asked "Can I do my jobs tomorrow? I asked why and she said "If you were to take all the headaches in the world and put them together - thats my headache" DRAMA
  • 10/08 Tessa hands me the camera as we are walking out the door and says "You better take this in case I do something cute"
  • 9/08 Shayna was about 5 and she was giving dad a message and he said "thats a deep tissue message" she said "hold on" and left and came back with toilet paper and stuffed it down his shirt and said "I want to give you a deep tissue message"
  • 8/08 Tessa after hearing some of Kaylas guy friends talk has picked up a new saying "Girls are the devil" - nice.
  • 8/08 As I was carpooling I asked Bailee who she wanted to marry, she said Dallin. Shayna said "Well he is cute mom, no offense"
  • Kayla - She says almost on a daily basis "This will be the last time........" Whether its someone moving, leaving on a mission, the last two weeks before graduation, etc.....
  • Brennon - Whenever he does something he knows we dont like or accidently steps on a toe or runs into someone, he just puts his hand up, smiles and says "high five" You gotta love it
  • Danica - Classic saying "Asians are geneous's"
  • Tessa - 6/08 At the doctors office he was looking in her sore ear and noticed there was still a stitch left in her eyebrow and proceeded to take it out while I was holding her down. She screamed really loud, looked at the doctor and said "I am NOT loving this"
  • Shayna 4/08 She came running in the house, grabed a dress and started heading back out the door to go to Nathaniels baptism. I said "Hey, come back we have to do your hair" She said "No, I dont want to be pretty for Nathaniel" Sure enough, when Bailee and Taryn came over they had their hair perfectly curled, cutest dresses and their shoes matched their dresses (unlike Shaynas)
  • McKenna 4/08 - I had the best dream last night. Mom: What about? McKenna: Snickerdoodles.
  • McKenna and Brennon - 4/08 McKenna: I want to put light blue hightlights in my hair like Klowd 9 - Brennon: I want Lypo.
  • Breea - 4/08 (In a very dramatic manner) "My coach almost killed us today, a few of us threw up, some passed out, she wanted to kill us. I almost threw up."
  • Tessa - 4/08 Talking to Grandma said "The Easter Monster leaves me lipstick under my pillow"
  • Shayna = 4/08 Kayla called from a show but couldnt talk. She said she would call at intermission. Shayna heard me say this and said "Kaylas in her mission?"
  • McKenna - 4/08 "Mom your not fashionable, but you can grow into fashion. It just takes about a month"
  • Kayla - 4/08 Mom said "Its crazy how I have two batches of girls, the older set and the younger" Kayla - "Im glad we could be your test batch"
  • Tessa 4/08 "Brodey - Lets get this party started"
  • Shayna 3/08 I asked her what she did at the gym daycare center she said "I just cleaned things and organized them"
  • Breea 3/08 While saying a prayer at Grandma and Grandpa Hatchs, she says "Bless the Hatchs". Her grandparents were wondering if she even knew she was their granddaughter.
  • McKenna 2/08 Mom, dont buy meat or sugar, Im turning vetrenarian.
  • Tessa 2/08 Mom: Tessa, your such a good girl. Tessa: I dont say stupid or do bad sings.
  • Tessa 1/08 - She was getting chewed on by the puppy and she was half-laughing saying "Are you evil or not evil?"
  • Shayna (6 years old) - She was mesaging dads back and he said "little harder, I need a deep tissue rub" So she went into the bathroom and got a handfull of toilet paper and stuffed down his shirt (deep tissue)
  • Shayna, 11/12/07 Mom: Shayna, say your prayers and thank Heavenly Father for all your blessings. Shayna (super tired): Thats so much. Do I have to thank him for ALL of them right now?
  • Some of our favorite word to call each other when gas is passed: POOPER MCGOOPER, FARTER MCGARTER, FLUFFER MCGUFFER, CRAPPER MCGRAPPER, AND TOOTER MCGOOTER
  • Danica (2) Yepadottado
  • Tessa (3) "Mom, I luz you and you luz me - weez luverz"
  • Tessa (3) - "Youz fweekn naughty" Mom "Who taught you that?" Tess "yo mom" (Thanks older sisters)
  • Breea 3 years - We have lots of gerds in our famie.
  • Tessa 2 years - Yoooz funny!
  • Tessa would often take off her shoes at church and when we asked her why she kept taking them off she said "my feet are grumpy". I guess it was better than Shayna at that age not wearing underwear to church (many times) We finally had to start doing panty checks before church.
  • Tessa (3) thirteen, fourteen, five-teen
  • McKenna (10 in a couple of weeks) - Mom, please let me go in with you. Mom - why. Mckenna - I saw a sign that said "criminal on the loose" Mom - I promise not to go in, I'll just talk to her at the door. McKenna - Im gonna roll down my window and watch you *tears bubbling up in her eyes. Mom to friend - Is there a sign that says "criminal on the loose" in your neighborhood? Friend - No, just "crime watch" neighborhood sign.
  • Kip, Kip, Kurray!
  • Tessa said "Can you take my brain off" and I asked her why, and she said "Its really so tight" 8/9/07
  • "sorry your such a looser" *pointer finger used as a puppet - McKenna (5)
  • Grandma Guttery was showing Shayna (4) a picture of me pregnant with her and Grandma said "Thats you inside your mamas belly" and Shayna said "She ate me?"
  • I need some Wotion on my Weggs - Tessa 3
  • Guess what guys? If you put the milk back in the refrigerator it will stay cold. - Kayla 17
  • Kayla - 4/08 Mom said "Its crazy how I have two batches of girls, the older set and the younger" Kayla - "Im glad we could be your test batch"